Tuna

Posted on June 21, 2015 by

Happy Father’s Day 2015!

Father’s Day has always been a special day to me, even before I was a dad. I didn’t knew my dad very well, but one thing I did know about him was that he was a hell of a fisherman. Throughout the 1970’s he was a skipper for a fishing boat called the Bahari. A lot of big fish were caught on that boat, but this yellowfin tuna was probably the most famous as it stood for a time as a world record.

I have few keepsakes of my dad, but the most prized of all is his old photo album showing off the fish he, his clients and his friends caught long before I was born. I never grow tired of looking through that album and conjuring up Hemingway-esque stories about each fish.

Skipper Martin Mathias (far right) and Sue Gallibrand stand beside the women’s world record tuna. Grenada, 1976

Don’t forget to hug your dad!

Posted on June 16, 2015 by

This is Fly Issue 52

Another issue of This is Fly is hot off the virtual press, check it out!
This Is Fly Issue 52

This is Fly Magazine Issue 52 includes a diverse collection of stories from Dave Karczynski, Nicolas Duquerroy, Pierre Lainé, Paris Fleezanis, Gerhard Laubscher and Ryan Hammond of FlyCastaway, Jeff Brennan, Austin Green, Daniel Diez, Josh Gallivan and Dick Cameron. Enjoy the stunning photography from D Bone, Matt Jones, Dave Karczynski and Daniel Diez. D Bone is our featured photographer, Paul Puckett is our featured artist and Vince Wilcox is our featured fly tier.

Posted on January 17, 2013 by

Throwback Thursday

It’s that day of the week where we go back through our archives and dust off some old gems. This is more than just housekeeping. We’re adding new content and images you’ve never seen before! This week we have two fantastic fishing reports from 2005 when Clive and I were both living and fishing in La Paz, Mexico. Stay tuned for more throwback updates in the coming weeks!

Beginner’s Luck, Gracefully Out-Fished by a Novice

Beginners Luck, Gracefully Out-Fished by a NoviceIt’s been difficult finding fishing partners in La Paz since Clive left for the British Virgin Islands. I’ve some found people willing to go, but not after they find out we leave Fishermen’s Fleet at 5am. There’s not many people interested in waking up hours before the sun in the land of cheap cerveza, but I managed to convince Mike Brum and Philip Barbosa. Promising them an unforgettable experience before they went to bed, I set the alarm for 4AM.

I made sure to find out how much time they needed to get ready since I’m generally awake and out the door in 5 minutes for any situation. To my surprise everyone was sticking to the plan. I thought for sure I would lose at least one of them since there are only two chairs in the panga boat, but they were both awake and ready in no time. We arrived at Fishermen’s Fleet and headed upstairs for some coffee and breakfast. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw how many people were waiting. It would take four huge vans to shuttle us to La Ventana.

My First Marlin by Rachel Larratt

My First Marlin by Rachel LarrattAs all deep-sea fishing trips begin, we were up bright and early. It was almost 10 am as we reached the dock carrying loads of beer, margarita supplies and ample amounts of sandwich ingredients. The plan for the day was to head out from Marina Palmira in La Paz out to the area around Espirito Santo. We’d spend some of the day fishing and then a few hours snorkeling with the Sea Lions at the north end of the island.

Our boat for the day was the 38 foot Mediterranean “El Ganador” that we rented from Desea Adventures. It came crewed with our Capitan and our deck hand David. We settled in on the bow with our breakfast for the 45 minutes ride out to the open water.

New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013
Posted on January 6, 2013 by

Another Year, Another Record Bluefin Tuna Sale

Around this time every year we see huge bluefin tuna auctioned off to the highest bidder in Tokyo’s Tsukiji fish market, and every year they set a new record (no doubt due to overfishing). This year the bar has been set at $1.7 million dollars, that’s more than 4 times the record from last year by the way. And the tuna sold is nearly 50 kilograms lighter than last years!

New Record Bluefin Tuna Price for 2013

Even the buyer, sushi chain owner Kiyoshi Kimura, who also paid out the record price last year, said the cost was “a bit high”.

This year’s record-breaking fish was caught off north-eastern Japan and weighed in at 222kg (489lbs), some 47kg lighter than last year’s prize-winner, which fetched 56m yen.

The prices do not necessarily reflect quality or size and are more linked to publicity and setting the tone for the business year.

He said he wanted to “encourage Japan” with his bid.

The price works out at about $7,600 per kg ($3,500/lb).

Japan consumes more than half of the world’s bluefin catch.

via BBC.co.uk

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